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Early Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Dead HeatTitle: Dead Heat

Author: Patricia Briggs

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Alpha & Omega (Book #4)

Publication Date: March 3, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 336 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425256758 (Ace/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425256756 (Ace/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Steph


For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal–or at least it starts out that way…

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire. 

Quick & Dirty: Charles and Anna travel to Arizona to buy a horse for Anna. Of course, they run into trouble along the way, and have to deal with a fae who is taking children. Will they be able to find the most recent victim before it’s too late?

Opening Sentence: The fae lord stalked back and forth in his cell of gray stone.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

I was really excited to have a chance to review Dead Heat, as I really love the Alpha and Omega series. I’m happy to say my excitement was completely justified, as this book was a truly awesome addition to the series.

After the events of Fair Game, Charles and Anna’s relationship is stronger than ever. Anna’s birthday is coming up, and Charles wants to buy her a horse as a gift. This also gives him a chance to reconnect with his old friend Joseph, whose health is failing. Upon reaching Arizona, Charles and Anna don’t have much time to relax before a powerful fae tries to attach Joseph’s grandchildren. This leads to the discovery that a fae has been taking children for years. Anna and Charles must hurry if they want to find the most recent victim before it’s too late.

This may be almost sacrilegious to say, but I think I like this series even more than Mercy Thompson. Both are good, but there’s something about Charles and Anna’s relationship that I just love. I think a lot of it has to do with the character of Charles. His position within the pack makes everyone fear him, and yet, he is so tender and caring with Anna. It’s truly amazing to see. By this point in the series, their relationship is super strong, and it’s just fun watching them interact with each other. We get to see even more of Charles’ softer side here with Joseph, as he has to face the fact that a person he loves is dying and doesn’t want to become a werewolf, so he’s going to have to say goodbye. Anna has come into her own as an Omega, and while she’s still learning the full extent of her powers, she is much more comfortable with them and with her position than she was at the beginning of the series. It’s awesome to see how she’s been able to rise above what was done to her. Seeing how she’s grown since book one just makes me love her even more.

As with all of the books in this series, it doesn’t take long for the action to get started. The plot is very fast paced, and I had a hard time putting it down. At the same time, I wanted to savor the experience because I’m not very good at being patient as I wait for the next book in series that I love. I eventually had to finish the book though,and I did so with a smile on my face. I’m truly excited to see what lies next for Anna and Charles. If you haven’t read this series yet and are a fan of the Mercy Thompson series, you really need to give the Alpha and Omega series a shot! You won’t regret it!

Notable Scene:

She hurried out and down the stairs. The sound of the TV led her to the family room, where the kids were watching a cartoon. Michael didn’t look up, but Mackie gave her a wary look.

“Sorry,” she told them. “I have a bad headache. Will you two be okay for a while more? I have to get dinner started.”

“Okie-dokie,” said Michael, without looking away from the TV. Because he couldn’t be bothered. TV was more important than his mother.

Mackie didn’t say anything. Just watching her with her father’s eyes and judging what she saw, always judging her and finding her lacking.

Chelsea turned and went to the kitchen. She got random things out of the refrigerator with shaking hands: carrots, celery, summer sausage, and radishes. The cutting board hadn’t been put back where it belonged and she had to search for it. She found it among the pots and pans instead of in the narrow cupboard next to stove, and by then she was in a fine rage.

Max came in the kitchen door, letting it bang carelessly against the wall. He took after her, tall and blond, rather than  her first husband, who’d died in a car wreck, leaving her to raise her two-year-old son on her own. For a moment, Max’s presence cleared her head like a breath of fresh air.

“Hey Mom,” he said cheerily, sounding so much like his father that it sometimes made her heart ache. She loved Kage, but that didn’t mean she hadn’t loved Rob, too. “What’s for dinner?”

He was always hungry these days. Always expecting her to feed him when he was old enough to get his own food. She clenched her fingers around the chef’s knife, so cool and powerful in her hand.

“Would you do something for me?” she said through gritted teeth, unable to look away from the bright silver promise of the knife.

“Sure,” Max said, snitching a carrot from the bag she’d put on the counter.

Bad manners to steal food before the cook was ready. Bad.

Alpha & Omega Series:

0.5 Alpha & Omega

1. Cry Wolf

2. Hunting Ground

3. Fair Game

4. Dead Heat

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FTC Advisory: Ace/Penguin provided me with a copy of Dead Heat. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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One Response to “Early Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

  1. Melanie Simmons @mlsimmonsNo Gravatar

    I can’t wait to get more time with Anna and Charles. I actually like this series better than Mercy (not that I don’t like Mercy, I love her. I just love Anna, Charles, Bran and Asil more :D)

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